As the leaves begin to change color and the weather cools down, it’s time to start thinking about Boise roof maintenance. After a long hot summer, your roof needs some TLC to get it ready for the winter months ahead. Here is a checklist of things you should do to care for your roof this fall.
Schedule an inspection
The first thing you should do is schedule an inspection with a professional roofing company. This will help you identify any potential problems so they can be fixed before they cause serious damage.
Clean your gutters and downspouts
Once the leaves start falling, your gutters and downspouts will become clogged if you don’t keep on top of them. Be sure to clean them out regularly to prevent water from backing up and causing problems.
Trim tree branches that are close to your roof
Overhanging tree branches can damage your roof in a storm, so it’s important to trim them back before the winter weather hits.
Remove moss and algae growths
Moss and algae can cause leaks and other damage, so it’s important to remove them as soon as you see them starting to grow. You can use a garden hose with a spray attachment or a pressure washer to remove them easily.
Check for cracked or missing shingles
Cracked or missing shingles leave your roof vulnerable to leaks, so be sure to inspect them carefully and replace any that are damaged.
Inspect chimneys and vent pipes for cracks or damage
Another common cause of leaks is cracks in chimneys or vent pipes. Inspect them carefully and repair any that you find so water can’t get in through them during a storm.
Make sure all flashings are secure
Flashings are strips of metal that are used around vents, chimneys, skylights, and other openings in your roof.. They help seal these areas and prevent water from getting in. Be sure to inspect all flashings and re-secure any that are loose.
Apply sealant around any holes or cracks
If there are any small holes or cracks in your roof, be sure to apply sealant around them so water can’t get through during a storm.
Get rid of leaves and debris
Leaves and debris can hold moisture against your roof, which can lead to problems like mold or rot. Be sure to remove them regularly so they don’t have a chance to cause damage.
Cover exposed nails with caulk
Exposed nails are another potential way for water to get into your home during a storm. Be sure to cover them with caulk so they’re not left unprotected.
Check your attic insulation and ventilation
Proper ventilation and insulation in your attic are crucial for preventing problems like ice dams during the winter months. Be sure to check both of these things before the cold weather hits so you can make sure they’re up to par.
Contact a professional if you have any concerns
If you’re not comfortable doing any of these things yourself, or if you have any concerns about the condition of your roof, be sure to contact a professional roofing company like Rooftops Energy Solutions for help. They will be able to help you take care of anything that needs to be done so your roof is ready for winter.
By following this fall maintenance checklist, you can help ensure that your roof is in good condition and ready to withstand the Boise winter weather ahead. Taking care of problems now will save you money and hassle down the road, so don’t delay! If you have any concerns about your roof, or if you need help with any of these tasks, be sure to contact us for assistance.